Melissa

Melissa - A very unique female name



  Jan 19,2017      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Melissa, meaning honeybee, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #669. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Melissa and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Melissa? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Melissa. The baby girl name Melissa was given to 1,736 baby girls in 2012, ranking #178 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 814 baby girls were given this name - making this a very unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Melissa peaked in popularity 40 years ago in 1977 on position 2.



Famous with this name

Melissa Benoist
Melissa McCarthy
Melissa George


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Melissa is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Melissa is currently topping the baby name charts in California at position #76 - and is the least popular in Louisiana at position #823.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Melissa is where you live.


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Melissa origin and meaning

Melissa is a 7 letter name with 3 syllables. This name means honeybee. To see famous people named Melissa, pop culture references for the name Melissa and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Melissa

We've found the following names that sound similar to Melissa, sorted by popularity.

Melisa / Malissa / Mellissa / Malka / Malaysia / Mellisa / Malika / Malak / Milissa / Malky /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012178
2011184
2010158
2009137
2008134
2007138
2006117
2005104
200499
200396
200280
200174
200071
199964
199859
199744
199642
199535
199431
199330
199224
199120
199020
198919
198816
198713
198612
198511
19848
19836
19825
19815
19804
19792
19782
19772
19763
19754
19747
19736
19727
19717
19707
19695
19685
19679
196622
196538
196453
196361
196268
196195
1960109
1959126
1958129
1957147
1956150
1955150
1954170
1953163
1952201
1951228
1950240
1949276
1948318
1947465
1946559
1945551
1944584
1943568
1942628
1941656
1940824
1939667
1938837
1937787
19361390
1935992
19331195
19321205
19301440
19281908
19261970
19251630
19242035
19231752
1922953
19211353
19201399
1918993
19171578
19161306
1915941
19141299
1913958
19121207
1910669

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
California76
District of Columbia83
Nevada86
Oregon102
Arizona147
New Mexico149
Illinois149
Texas149
Florida150
Washington156
New Jersey160
Massachusetts167
New York174
Kansas204
North Carolina213
Connecticut215
Oklahoma219
Georgia231
South Carolina237
Colorado248
Maryland253
Virginia256
Nebraska258
Idaho278
Arkansas282
Utah294
Tennessee335
Indiana351
Pennsylvania371
Iowa383
Minnesota418
Wisconsin430
Michigan432
Alabama449
Missouri621
Kentucky625
Ohio631
Louisiana823

Even more about Melissa


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Melissa a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique female name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Melissa?

3 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1977
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Melissa
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 814
Letter count 7
Syllable count 3
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +1,736

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